HANS GÁL (1890-1987): Cello Concerto, Op. 67, EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934): Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85.
Catalogue Number: 07O009
Description: Written mostly in 1944, that period just after the Second Symphony during which Gál lost his mother, his son to suicide and his aunt and sister in Germany also to suicide, this three-movement work of 32 minutes seems to be a new beginning after the emotional catharsis of the symphony. The first two movements are primarily lyrical and the finale sunny and bright yet with a relaxed quality as well. Gál uses the upper register of the cello more than usual throughout and also provides an often soloistic role for an oboe as well. Anyone who collected the symphonies will certainly want this also and, by now, will also be inured to the infuriating Avie coupling scheme. Antonio Meneses (cello), Northern Sinfonia; Claudio Cruz.